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Obama May Be The Most Pro-Oil President In US History

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Despite nearly eight years of anti-oil rhetoric, President Barack Obama may be the most pro-oil president in U.S. history.

Chief among the reasons supporting this claim are that, under Obama’s tenure in office: the 40-year oil export ban was lifted, shale production increased dramatically (up 400 percent since 2008) and oil and natural gas production are increasing exponentially.

Steve Payne, former adviser to President George W. Bush, president of Linden Energy, and one of the chief players in lifting the 40-year oil export ban, reached out to The Daily Caller News Foundation.

“In spite of President Obama’s efforts to stymie the oil and gas industry, US oil and gas production has increased by 90 percent during his first 7 years in office and oil imports are down 28 percent,” Payne tells TheDCNF.

A great driver of this increase is the repeal of the 40-year oil export ban passed by Congress in 2015. Payne was pivotal in helping members of Congress understand the benefits of lifting the ban.

“My team and I were heavily involved in informing Congress on the importance of LNG export laws that were changed to promote gas exports and create US jobs. Oil was a natural part of the discussion, and we supported their exports as well even though our main focus was LNG,” Payne tells TheDCNF.

Oil rhetoric was central to Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Obama openly embraced fracking at the time, praising it in campaign speeches across the nation. He did not, however, throw his weight behind the Keyston XL Pipeline.

“The Obama Administration has played a dubious game with the American people by blocking the Keystone pipeline while allowing fracking to take place to preserve their political interests. (Keystone is 700 to 830,000 bbls per day and fracking has increased 4,500,000 bbls per day or the equivalent of 5 to 6 Keystone pipelines),” Payne explains to TheDCNF.

“America should focus on becoming totally energy independent, before we start worrying about how our exports are going to effect the global market,” Payne tells TheDCNF.

With America pumping out oil and natural gas at a growing rate, and relying less on foreign imports, a future where the United States is energy-independent does not appear implausible.

Some caution that “crowding out” or displacing foreign oil producers like Russia with cheap American oil or natural gas may cause global instability. Payne seems less worried about such issues, even suggesting that America may minimize geopolitical tensions through exports, citing recent commitments by certain countries to reduce reliance on coal or other unclean energy sources.

“Regardless of what happens with oil prices, US LNG exports will increase significantly over next several years as many countries like China and India face international pressures to reduce coal consumption and LNG is a feasible alternative,” Payne says.

“In the marine industry, LNG is becoming the fuel of choice to replace bunker fuel oil as it is cleaner, and more environmentally friendly, Carnival Cruise Lines announced that their 2 newest ships will be LNG fueled.”

Daily Caller



43 Comments on "Obama May Be The Most Pro-Oil President In US History"

  1. onlooker on Sun, 30th Oct 2016 1:53 pm 

    But all is okay because he has the US as a signer to the latest climate accord farce

  2. dissident on Sun, 30th Oct 2016 2:04 pm 

    Obomber is caretaker to Bush W’s legacy. So a neocon stooge like Hillary. But Hillary is much worse.

  3. .5mt on Sun, 30th Oct 2016 2:20 pm 

    I gut tells me the CFR is behind this, no… it was the chili again.

  4. GregT on Sun, 30th Oct 2016 2:27 pm 

    This article is a complete load of BS.

  5. Mark on Sun, 30th Oct 2016 2:52 pm 

    Get real. He blocked drilling in Alaska, blocked the pipeline from Canada, blocked leased for offshore drilling, blocked drilling on government owned land. If not for the shale plays/ fracking already up and running, he probably would have found a way to block that too. This is the guy that if not for the courts slapping him down, would have placed a $10 a barrel tax on oil, in the midst of numerous companies going bankrupt or hanging on by a thread. He is not a friend of oil. The reality is, oil makes the world go round, and until we have replacements in place that can produce electricity on a huge scale, like oil does, we all need to be a friend of oil.

  6. GregT on Sun, 30th Oct 2016 3:22 pm 

    “we all need to be a friend of oil.”

    Best friends forever, until death do us part.

  7. Ghung on Sun, 30th Oct 2016 3:31 pm 

    You got to love a guy like Mark who picks a time of world-wide over-supply to bitch about Obama’s oil policies. I suppose if his favorite NFL team wins two or three straight Super Bowls, he’ll tell us all what a lousy job the coach did.

    Hey, Mark, maybe Obama understands that we don’t need to burn it all at once. Maybe not at all? My Grandkids are going to need some of that oil, so WTF is your hurry?

  8. Davy on Sun, 30th Oct 2016 3:41 pm 

    The democrats are a disgrace. Both Obama and Hillary represent lies and deceit that is well beyond normal Beltway sleaze. The infection is total and this party will likely self destruct. We always new the republicans had been compromised by the neocons. The republicans have been self destructing for years. The democrats now have taken compromised to a new level by compromising the entire country at multiple levels from the executive to the media to business elites. This compromise has taken multiple forms from rigging to disregard for numerous laws. Here we have a dumbass article on Obama and oil. WTF, who cares.

  9. onlooker on Sun, 30th Oct 2016 4:05 pm 

    I would go further to say that the entire political apparatus around the world is totally discredited and in total disrepute. The corruption is endemic and pervasive in every single country. So the prevailing defacto structure around the world now is a from of plutocracy/oligarchy/kleptocracy.

  10. Ghung on Sun, 30th Oct 2016 4:13 pm 

    We get the leaders we deserve, or something like that. Maybe this is the price of the Faustian bargains we didn’t know we made.

  11. Apneaman on Sun, 30th Oct 2016 5:23 pm 

    The Daily Retard.

    It’s a little more complicated than these cartoon storylines imply, but after the arguments and finger pointing and blame – at the end of the day I just look at the the big metrics like the keeling curve that keeps on rising regardless of who is in office or how many fake climate agreements are cheered and regardless of the thing Obama did or did not do. Obama is a clever dude – he gets AGW, but c’mon if you’re the POTUS you can’t shut down the lifeblood of the economy. Obama enacted a few things that could be argued as positives for the environment/people, but he enabled as much CANCER as anyone. The POTUS is the CEO of the USA and he did and does what they all do – get out of the way and grease the wheels of BAU.

    One month ago………..

    Obama Admin Quietly Enables Oil and Gas Drilling on Public Lands and Waters, Weakens Endangered Species Act
    By Steve Horn • Thursday, September 29, 2016 – 03:58

    http://www.desmogblog.com/2016/09/29/obama-admin-oil-gas-public-lands-waters-endangered-species-act

    Good looking out O

    The Daily Caller

    The Daily Caller is a conservative news and opinion website founded by Tucker Carlson in 2010. Similar to the left-wing Huffington Post, the website covers current events both political and offbeat, as well as human interest topics such as education, “guns and gear”, and technology, with plenty of clickbait to go around. Select articles from the site are regularly reprinted on Yahoo! News, be forewarned.
    [edit]”Journalism”

    The Daily Caller takes a denialist stance about global warming.

    http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/The_Daily_Caller

    I already knew The Caller is a conservatard shit rag, but rationalwiki is fun fur da kids. That Tucker Carlson is very intelligent and a clever little rhetorician. No doubt he laughs and shakes his head everyday at how the Caller’s readers actually believe all the propaganda bullshit they spin. At least half the shit they print is completely made up. Tucker knows what the suckers want to hear; what emotional buttons to push and so he gives it to them everyday – $Cha Ching$ Face it today’s dumb downed conservative ideology is medieval – it don’t work in a 21st techno industrial society. Hard core liberals/Democrats are delusional too, but in a different fashion. Humans.

  12. makati1 on Sun, 30th Oct 2016 6:26 pm 

    The planet will survive humans, but humans will not be here to see it. We sealed our fate and capitalism will make sure we don’t slow or change course before we go over the cliff.

    So, stock up on your favorite munchies and drink if choice and enjoy the ride. You cannot prevent the final act and the ‘fat lady’s’ song.

  13. Plantagenet on Sun, 30th Oct 2016 6:52 pm 

    Obama turned out to be the “drill baby drill” president.

    Cheers!

  14. Northwest Resident on Sun, 30th Oct 2016 7:11 pm 

    It would have been “drill baby drill” no matter who occupied the ceremonial position of U.S. President. Oil/Energy and big business/finance runs the show guided by entrenched special interests and power elites, not some popularity contest winner.

  15. Truth Has A Liberal Bias on Sun, 30th Oct 2016 8:30 pm 

    @Davy

    “The democrats are a disgrace”

    It doesn’t stop there! The entire fucking country and everybody in it is a disgrace! USA is the highest concentration of disgraceful people on the planet.

  16. makati1 on Sun, 30th Oct 2016 8:45 pm 

    WOW! That’s a lot of truth in one sentence, Truth. lol

  17. GregT on Sun, 30th Oct 2016 8:50 pm 

    “Obama turned out to be the “drill baby drill” president.”

    Obama the omnipotent.

    Cheers!

  18. Anonymous on Sun, 30th Oct 2016 8:54 pm 

    All us ‘presidents’ are pro-oil, and pro-war, and pro-wall-st. and pro-corporate(all of them) as well. It comes with the ‘job’. A requirement as it were. Hardly worth commenting on.

  19. Boat on Sun, 30th Oct 2016 10:36 pm 

    The shallow state is on fire tonight. The reality of capitalism shows humans just buy the cheapest energy available. Governments can affect prices some around the fringes but fundamentals rule.

  20. GregT on Sun, 30th Oct 2016 11:31 pm 

    Capitalism has almost run it’s course Boat. The reality of the matter is, we can’t have a planet capable of supporting life, while treating it as a human resource base, and a toxic waste dump.

    As ‘fundamental’ as it gets.

  21. joe on Mon, 31st Oct 2016 12:53 am 

    Obama is exactly the President America voted for, a liberal lawyer who cries when he sees pain because he has soul but essentially is a member of his economic class. Hillary is the same except shes a woman so she has more to prove. Trump may be crass rude and bigotted but he at least worked all his life, he is an unknown except that he wont allow himself to look like a ‘loser’ this pathological need for percived winning could be as dangerous as it could be good. Basically there is no good choice.

  22. Boat on Mon, 31st Oct 2016 1:12 am 

    GregT on Sun, 30th Oct 2016 11:31 pm

    Capitalism has almost run it’s course Boat.

    Your only off by a few decades. But with the enormity of time that’s close. Lol As a predictor of future events, don’t quit your day job.

  23. GregT on Mon, 31st Oct 2016 1:34 am 

    Quit my day job a year and a half ago Boat, but you already knew that. In reality, capitalism has already run it’s course. The economy, and the environment, are both on the out and out. It’s all downhill from here Kevin. Nothing that either of us can say, or do, is going to change that reality.

  24. makati1 on Mon, 31st Oct 2016 2:37 am 

    GregT, Boat does not live in the real world. Only the one in his mind. Maybe 10 or 20 million Central Americans flooding into his cozy little state will help him wake up, but I doubt it. He better hope Trump wins and builds that wall. LOL

  25. Revi on Mon, 31st Oct 2016 8:01 am 

    Obama has kept the ship afloat. Wait until whoever wins this gets in there. They are definitely going to get the short end of the stick! There’s no way it’s going to be business as usual for the next 4 or 8 years.

  26. makati1 on Mon, 31st Oct 2016 8:13 am 

    Revi, BAU is NEVER coming back. EVER. And all it cost Obama (or the US taxpayers) was about $10,000,000,000,000.00+ dollars. Or about $30,000.00 for every man woman and child in the US added to the national debt, now over 110% of GDP.

    Not me as I no longer pay any taxes. ^_^

  27. onlooker on Mon, 31st Oct 2016 8:43 am 

    Hey look at the bright side, all our debts will be forfeited and become obsolete once civilization collapses haha

  28. rockman on Mon, 31st Oct 2016 8:51 am 

    Mark – “…blocked leased for offshore drilling, blocked drilling on government owned land.” Apparently you are completely of the FACTS posted on the govt’t own website that during President Obama’s tenure more the 120 MILLION acres of oil/NG have been offered to the industry. And that he also awarded leases hundred of federal offshore blocks in the Gulf of Mexico including Deep Water leases in the same area as the BP blowout the covered the Gulf with oil. And since that nightmare has approved hundreds of offshore drill permits as well as authorizing more then 20 major offshore oil/NG production facilities.

    As far as the Arctic goes again you appear to be oblivious to reality. Earlier this year the POTUS authorized new Arctic lease sales From March 2016:

    “The Obama administration proposed offshore leasing program sets the stage for selling oil and gas leases in the Arctic waters of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, as well as Alaska’s Cook Inlet and the Gulf of Mexico, where 10 auctions were tentatively scheduled from 2017 to 2022.

    “This is a balanced proposal that protects sensitive resources and supports safe and responsible development of the nation’s domestic energy resources to create jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a statement. “The proposal focuses potential lease sales in areas with the highest resource potential, greatest industry interest and established infrastructure.”

    And also the east coast. From 2014:
    “As directed by President Obama the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced on July 18th that it would reopen a large portion of the waters off the Eastern seaboard to new oil and natural gas exploration. Under the BOEM plan, energy companies will be allowed to employ advanced seismic technology to locate promising reserves beneath the seabed in preparation for a round of offshore licensing scheduled for 2018. At that point, the companies can bid for and acquire actual drilling leases.”

    According to CNN during the first 3 years during President Obama’s initial term there were 5,568 new leases including onshore federal and Indian lands.

    Now let’s talk coal. So the POTUS just issued a moratorium (which isn’t a ban) on FUTURE coal leases on federal lands. That doesn’t change his record for the last 7 years:

    “Citing concerns over pricing and pollution, the Obama administration on Friday unveiled a moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands. The change won’t affect existing leases, which generated nearly $1.3 billion for the government last year. Then agency says federal lands account for roughly 40 percent of all U.S. coal production.”

    Got that: almost half of US coal production comes from leases administered by President Obama. And millions of tons of that govt coal is exported every year with President Obama’s approval. And none of it counts against his climate change goal. According to the Washington Post:

    “The Obama administration has pledged ambitious cuts in carbon pollution over the next 15 years, but that does not reflect emissions from coal and other fuels sold to nations in Asia, Europe and North Africa. Because of accounting procedures approved by diplomats during past climate negotiations, countries are responsible only for the emissions that occur within their borders.”

    Just during President Obama’s first term:

    “U.S. coal exports to China surged from 2009 to 2010, jumping from 387,000 tons (January-September) to over 4 million tons the following year. U.S. coal exports rose 49 percent during the first quarter of 2011 compared to the previous quarter, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.”

    And to increase those exports several years ago he tasked his Corps of Engineer to permit 3 west coast coal export terminals. And while local opposition has stalled those efforts President Obama authorized expedited permits to expand coal export terminals on the Texas coast where there is no opposition to coal exports. The only difference: trains burning more diesel to get the coal to Texas then to the west coast.

    And lastly let’s talk oil sands. Yes, the POTUS didn’t approve the bnbnorder crossing permit of Keystone XL. But he did approve the permits to expand the capacity of existing border crossing pipelines. There are 6 of them BTW. But more important he provide full govt support for the southern portion of KXL that eliminated the choke point in OK that was limiting the movement of oil sands production to Gulf Coast refinery. A very interesting video out there if you wish to search for: President Obama standing in the construction yard of the KXL pipeline speaking about the critical need to increase those imports and instructed all govt agencies to expedite its completion.

    I could go on but I think there’s enough FACTS to offer some insights into the “greenest POTUS in history”.

  29. rockman on Mon, 31st Oct 2016 9:13 am 

    And I forgot about the lifting of the oil export “ban” bullshit. You don’t have to take points away from the POTUS for that: there has never been an EFFECTIVE ban on US oil exports. According to US govt stats we’ve exported about A HALF BILLION BBLS OF OIL during Presidernt Obama’s two terms. And the largest yearly amount (170 MILLION bbls in 2015) in the entire history of our oil exports. Yes: more US oil was exported during President Obama presidency in 2015 then during the term of any other POTUS. BTW since the “ban” was signed into law in the 70’s the US has exported more than 1.4 BILLION BBLS OF OIL. And mostly to Canada which was exempt from the “ban” anyway.

    But the oil exports aren’t nearly as impressive as the amount of refined oil products exported. Just during President Obama’s last year in office the US exported products refined from ONE BILLION BBLS OF OIL.

  30. Ghung on Mon, 31st Oct 2016 9:26 am 

    Capitalism failed and was replaced with central-bankism. Nixon started that, and now central-bankism is failing, along with any dream the US had of maintaining its experiment in democracy.

  31. rockman on Mon, 31st Oct 2016 10:03 am 

    Ghung – “…any dream the US had of maintaining its experiment in democracy.”. It might not be the “dream” some envisioned but it’s has become exactly the REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY as designed by the country’s founders. The public ELECTS representatives that offer the public what it wants. No corporation or political contributor has that power. Both might try to sway public opinion in a variety of ways but in the end the public determines who gets elected. And more important…reelected. If a politician doesn’t satisfy the constituency any reelection effort fails. Folks can critisize Secretary Clinton connection with Wall Street all they won’t. And if elected it won’t be the Street’s doing: it will be because her supporters accept her positions…warts and all.

    Which is exactly how a REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY is designed to function. If you don’t like the results don’t blame Wall Street, corporations, foreign contributors to the Clinton foundation, George Soros et al. She’ll be president because the majority of the voting public elected her.

    With respect to representative democracies: be careful what you wish for…you might get it. LOL.

    BTW if Secretary Clinton gets reelected to a second term I suspect in the next 6 or 7 years she might be an even greater friend to the fossil fuel industry then President Obama.

  32. Boat on Mon, 31st Oct 2016 12:25 pm 

    ape,
    Obama enacted a few things that could be argued as positives for the environment/people, but he enabled as much CANCER as anyone. The POTUS is the CEO of the USA and he did and does what they all do – get out of the way and grease the wheels of BAU.

    Ya’ll love to complain. What kind of policies would you want enacted. The next question, would you get reelected. Would those policies work around the world? China, Russia, Iran, N Korea, Europe, Russia and Japan?

  33. Apneaman on Mon, 31st Oct 2016 12:40 pm 

    Boat, take 3 deep breaths and slowly reread my comment – see how what I’m saying is that Obama had no choice given his job description? Boat, there is a significant difference between DESCRIBING something VS complaining about it. Any slight or perceived slight to your beloved cancer and boater gets all defensive. In poker they call that a “tell”.

  34. HARM on Mon, 31st Oct 2016 4:05 pm 

    “Chief among the reasons supporting this claim are that, under Obama’s tenure in office: the 40-year oil export ban was lifted, shale production increased dramatically (up 400 percent since 2008) and oil and natural gas production are increasing exponentially.”

    Strange to cite the 40-year export ban as the primary *cause* of an increase in oil & Gas production or U.S. oil “independence”. It just means that the oil can be sold on the open market directly now, but by itself is not a big driver of either domestic demand or the price or scarcity of oil worldwide. No mention at all of $140 a barrel oil in 2007 being a factor in stimulating fracking or offshore drilling.

  35. marmico on Mon, 31st Oct 2016 4:05 pm 

    Good ole apie… collecting the federal benefits but railing against the system.

    http://www.esdc.gc.ca/en/cpp/disability/benefit_amount.page

    You should take your $15K/year Canada disability benefits and Makati should take his $15K federal social security benefits and bunk in with Davy “word salad” Greenacres. Three hands on a teaspoon digging a fence post hole on the doomstead is better than one.

    99% of the tight oil/gas extraction since 2008 was on state, not federal, lands. Federal Gulf oil production picked up a bit under Obama, however.

    https://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/hist/LeafHandler.ashx?n=pet&s=mcrfp3fm2&f=m

  36. Apneaman on Mon, 31st Oct 2016 6:55 pm 

    marmy how flattering that you wasted to all that research effort on me, but what I “spend” is nowhere near my actual income. I know that’ll be hard for you to process. Most that I know don’t understand the concept of what I have chosen to do either. All most every one of them spends all of their income and has debt up to their eyeballs because of buying crap they neither need and barely appreciate most of the time. Oh yeah, those consumer dopamine hits wear off real quick. Fuck, I’d love nothing more than to get me some Canadian disability cheques, but to qualify one must essentially be drooling not be able to wipe your own ass (my cousin). Disability is not the same thing in Canada as in the US – not even close, marmy. You would have found that out if you had actually read your own link fucktard.

  37. makati1 on Mon, 31st Oct 2016 7:00 pm 

    Marmico is Boat’s twin or clone, I think. Together they have the I.Q. of the village idiot. They like to guess at how other people live or what their resources are, but they have no clue. lol

  38. Apneaman on Mon, 31st Oct 2016 7:08 pm 

    Daily CO2

    October 30, 2016: 402.38 ppm

    October 30, 2015: 398.85 ppm

    September CO2

    September 2016: 401.01 ppm

    September 2015: 397.50 ppm

    https://www.co2.earth/

  39. Apneaman on Mon, 31st Oct 2016 7:15 pm 

    Here’s that new Leonardo DiCaprio climate movie in case anyone wants a break from barrel counting.

    Before the Flood – Full Movie | National Geographic

    “Join Leonardo DiCaprio as he explores the topic of climate change, and discovers what must be done today to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90CkXVF-Q8M&feature=share

    The point/hope is to wake the humans up and save the planet (code for save the humans). IOW a complete waste of time.

  40. shortonoil on Mon, 31st Oct 2016 7:47 pm 

    “and oil and natural gas production are increasing exponentially.”

    http://www.eia.gov/dnav/ng/hist/n9010us2m.htm

    There is a better chance that I’m a frog than this is exponential!

  41. shortonoil on Mon, 31st Oct 2016 8:10 pm 

    http://www.eia.gov/dnav/ng/hist/n9010us2m.htm

    According to that graph NG production has increased at the rate of 1.9% per year over the last 15 years. I have a cactus that grows faster than that!

    US GDP over those same 15 years grew by 2.9% per year.

  42. rockman on Mon, 31st Oct 2016 9:34 pm 

    HARM – “Strange to cite the 40-year export ban as the primary *cause* of an increase in oil & Gas production or U.S. oil “independence”.”

    What’s truly strange is so many folks who continue to refer to an export ban that never existed. Since it’s such an outrageous misrepresentation of the reality I wonder if folks think I playing a joke when I point out that there has never beern an effective ban on exporting US oil. So if it helps here’s the actual numbers courtesy of the same govt every in the MSM says had been banning the export of US oil for THE LAST 40 YEARS. Easy to read the chart showing the highest yearly export of US oil in a century happened in the 12 months immediately prior to President Obama lifting the “ban” last January. Does anyone have a better example of a more easily proved lie by the MSM and countless politicians on both the left and right?

    https://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/hist/LeafHandler.ashx?n=pet&s=mcrexus2&f=a

    And as also pointed out the US oil export in 2015 of 465,000 bopd isn’t as impressive as the 1,560,000 bbls per day of US liquids and refinery products exported during that same year. Again an all time high since records were kept. In just 10 years those exports increased 200%.

    https://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/hist/LeafHandler.ashx?n=PET&s=MTTEXUS1&f=A

  43. Marty on Tue, 1st Nov 2016 12:27 pm 

    Watch Tavis Smiley host a debate between the other two Candidates tonight on PBS.

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